Paul embarks on 16 marathon (419 mile) challenge for ‘Aware’:


Paul Callaghan begins 16 marathon challenge on Thursday 18th October 2012:

Tomorrow, Thursday 18th October 2012, cook and blogger Paul Callaghan will set out from his adopted home town of Ennis, Ireland on a journey that will see him complete a half-marathon in every county in Ireland, in just 12 days (the equivalent of 16 marathons/419 miles). Paul is doing this event in order to raise funds for ‘Aware’, the national depression support, information and education organisation, having come through his own difficult experience as a result of the recession.

Paul, born in Co. Armagh, had to wind up his plastering business in 2008 as a result of the downturn and for about 12 months he struggled to find a way forward. Paul found some comfort during those tough days in discovering a new love and talent: cooking. He has now developed an engaging and inspiring blog and his recipes, nutrition tips and fitness updates can be found on his website:

Speaking about his multiple marathon run, Paul said, “I know what its like to be in that dark place, where it’s hard to have hope for the future. If it wasn’t for that experience though, I may not have developed my new career as a cook in the way that I have. If it wasn’t for Aware, there may be a lot of people out there today who would still be struggling in the darkness that depression can bring. I’m proof that it is possible to come through depression and I want to raise money and awareness to help this nationwide organisation with its vital work.”

Paul hopes to raise €20,000 for Aware’s nationwide services which include support groups nationwide and online, a local Helpline (1890 303 302) and email support service ( More information on Aware is available on and Paul’s charity page is available

Paul is scheduled to be in Northern Ireland on the following days:

Monday 22nd October: 7am – Enniskillen Town and 5pm – Strabane Town.

Tuesday 23rd October: 7am – Derry/Londonderry City, 12pm – Belfast City and 5pm – Newry City.

Thursday 25th October: 7am – Armagh City.

Paul hopes to cover most of his miles within the confines of each City Centre/Town Centre.  If you can, please get out and support Paul, he is looking for runners to accompany him for a few miles in each town/city.  As soon as we hear Paul’s planned routes we will publish them within our forum.

NiRunning will also be catching up with Paul in Belfast, we’ll be interviewing him in relation to his progress and taking a few pictures.  These will be added to our ‘News’ page.

Please click this link to see Paul’s schedule: Paul Callaghan